The 6th conference of CUCS network (University Coordination for Development Cooperation, a network of 30 Italian universities) is organised by the University of Trento together with the Centre for International Cooperation of Trento
The CUCS Conference was conceived by the academic community, with special attention to young people and students, to address all actors of international cooperation. Through this sixth edition, the conference aims to enable valuable networking, peer learning, synthesis of experiences and concepts as well as developing innovation.
The theme of this year’s conference is inspired by the continuous evolution and expansion of the concept and practice of development cooperation, starting by focusing on citizenship, in its local and global meaning, and the management of common goods, long-standing issues that the current and future global dynamics continuously pose as critical issues and opportunities for a sustainable development.
Citizenship intended as a network of relationships between local actors, institutional subjects, profit and non-profit organizations and the world of research, a challenge for integration and inclusion, according to the priorities of empowerment and ownership at local level, keys to combine security and sustainability.
Common goods intended as natural and cultural resources, a complex environment to be protected and valued, following a logic of balance of powers that allows to address and overcome disparities and to manage conflicts and inequalities, which are also crucial for sustainability in the struggle against poverty and in the use of resources.
Universities, together with all the actors of development cooperation, intend to strengthen dialogue and discussion in a perspective of co-design and sharing of knowledge in order to promote and implement strategies, policies and actions starting from the three pillars of their mission: research, training, knowledge-sharing, contributing to “strengthen the means of implementation and renew the global partnership for sustainable development”.